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The Bean
Things to see at The Bean:
A bucket list of the top sights at The Bean, ordered by popularity.
1. Millennium Park
2. Crown Fountain
3. Art Institute of Chicago
4. Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5. Chicago Cultural Center
6. BP Bridge
7. Wabash
8. Chicago - Cloud Gate
9. Macy's
10. Self Portrait
11. Washington Street
12. Millennium Monument
13. Cloud Gate aka The Bean
14. Aon Center
15. American Gothic
16. Modern Wing
17. Ice Skating
18. Face
19. Randolph Street
20. The Bean - Chicago
21. Smurfit-Stone Building
22. Nighthawks
23. Gallery
24. Nichols Bridgeway
25. The Walnut Room
26. Cloud Gate Sculpture
27. Paris Street; Rainy Day
28. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte
29. Intelligentsia
30. AON
31. Van Gogh
32. The Great Lawn
33. Monroe Street
34. Monet
35. Seurat
36. Pittsfield Building
37. Da Bean
38. Under The Dome
39. AIC
40. Park Grill
41. Public Notice 3
42. Chagall Window
43. At the Moulin Rouge
44. Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate
45. Jewelers Row
46. Willoughby Tower
47. Looking Into My Dreams
48. Made in China
49. Bandshell
50. Buddha
51. Arrival of the Normandy Train
52. Omphalos
53. Cloud Gate Reflections
54. Tiffany Dome
55. America Windows
56. Crown
57. Face Fountain
58. Preston Bradley Hall
59. University Club of Chicago
60. Claude Monet
61. Stack of Wheat
62. People Watching
63. Luminous Field by Luftwerk
64. The Gage
65. Art Museum
66. Maggie Daley Park
67. Michigan Boulevard Building
68. 2011 Chicago Zombie March
69. Thorne Miniature Room

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture and AT&T Plaza are located on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet (10 by 20 by 13 m), and weighs 110 short tons (100 t; 98 long tons).

Kapoor's design was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture's surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate's 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the "omphalos" (Greek for "navel"), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor's artistic themes, and it is popular with tourists as a photo-taking opportunity for its unique reflective properties.

The sculpture was the result of a design competition. After Kapoor's design was chosen, numerous technological concerns regarding the design's construction and assembly arose, in addition to concerns regarding the sculpture's upkeep and maintenance. Various experts were consulted, some of whom believed the design could not be implemented. Eventually, a feasible method was found, but the sculpture's construction fell behind schedule. It was unveiled in an incomplete form during the Millennium Park grand opening celebration in 2004, before being concealed again while it was completed. Cloud Gate was formally dedicated on May 15, 2006, and has since gained considerable popularity, both domestically and internationally.

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Oldest photo 07/23/2004
Newest photo 07/22/2015
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